Canadian Police Information Centre CheckA CPIC check is a query, based on name, gender and date-of-birth, of active criminal files in the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. This type of check is the preferred choice of Canadian employers.
NOTE: CPIC Checks are the preferred method of criminal background screening used by Canadian employers. While there may be a match pointing to a possible criminal record, it does not mean that the person subject to the check is the subject of that criminal record. This can only be positively confirmed with the submission of fingerprints. While a persons' name may change, their fingerprints do not. If a person already has a criminal record under one name and are convicted of another crime under a different name, the fingerprints will always be matched to the original record.
CPIC policy was updated on March 12, 2012 to include provisions for Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) [read more].
EIV is outlined in the CCRTIS Dissemination of Criminal Record Information policy.
Electronic Identity Verification: A process, in accordance with CPIC policy requirements and applicable privacy laws, whereby the identity of an Applicant is authenticated through answering questions from the Applicant's consumer credit file. An Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) solution must be developed by one of Canada's major credit reporting agencies, and must, at minimum, meet standards for EIV that may be employed by Canada's major banks and/or financial institutions. May be used in support of a Criminal Record and/or Vulnerable Sector Name Check.
Requirement for FingerprintsCriminal Record: If the police service is not satisfied that your self-declaration is a match to a criminal record held at the Criminal Record Repository, your fingerprints must be submitted to the RCMP.
Vulnerable Sector: If you are applying to work in a paid or volunteer position where you will be in contact with children or vulnerable persons you may be required to submit fingerprints to verify whether you have been pardoned for a sexual offence contained within the RCMP National Criminal Records Repository.